by: S. Scott Stanikmas
The upcoming Marvel Studios / Netflix joint venture AKA Jessica Jones has added another cast member. Hot on the heels of announcing David Tenant as the villain Kilgrave, Marvel is now reporting that Rachael Taylor has been cast as Trish “Patsy” Walker.
Walker is the best friend of the titular Jessica Jones, played by Kristen Ritter. Walker is a syndicated radio host, former model and child TV star. Fans of the Marvel Comics Universe will recognize the name Patsy Walker as the real name of the superheroine Hellcat.
In the thriteen episode series Trish Walker will help Jessica Jones embark on the most dangerous case of her career.
Taylor has been seen on the small screen before, with roles in the newer version of Charlie’s Angels, 666 Park Avenue, and Grey’s Anatomy.
The character of Jessica Jones was originally concieved by Marvel in their MAX imprint, a mature readers line that pushed the boundaries of what usually passed for Marvel Comics, by writer Brian Michael Bendia and artist Michael Gaydos. In the comics Jones was a former hero who went by the name of Jewel, but who now runs a mildly successful private investigation operation.
AKA Jessica Jones is one of four Marvel series premiering for Netflix, along with Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. The series is set to premiere on Nerflix later this year.